Mouth of the Donkey

Re-imagining Biblical Animals

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Laura Duhan-Kaplan
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Wipf & Stock
    , May
     94 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The Hebrew Bible is filled with animals. Snakes and ravens share meals with people; donkeys and sheep work alongside us; eagles and lions inspire us; locusts warn us. How should we read their stories? What can they teach us about ecology, spirituality, and ethics? Author Laura Duhan-Kaplan explores these questions, weaving together biology, Kabbalah, rabbinic midrash, Indigenous wisdom, modern literary methods, and personal experiences. She re-imagines Jacob's sheep as family, Balaam's donkey as a spiritual director, Eve's snake as a misguided helper. Finally, Rabbi Laura invites metaphorical eagles, locusts, and mother bears to help us see anew, confront human violence, and raise children who live peacefully on the land.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Laura Duhan-Kaplan is Director of Inter-Religious Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vancouver School of Theology, Professor Emerita of Philosophy at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Rabbi Emerita of Or Shalom Synagogue.


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